Releasing Windows 10 Build 19044.1618 to Release Preview Channel

Hello Windows Insiders,

Today we are releasing Windows 10 21H2 Build 19044.1618 (KB5011543) to the Release Preview Channel for those Insiders who are on Windows 10.

Search highlights in Windows 10

We recently introduced an update for Search in the Windows 11 Insider Preview that highlights interesting moments in time. This feature, search highlights, is now coming to Windows 10. We are taking a phased and measured approach and broad availability will occur in the coming months.

Search is right there on your taskbar—your window to discover what’s trending online, in the world, and in your organization. Of course, you can still type to start searching for your apps, files, settings, and quick answers on the web.

The taskbar search box and search home will periodically update with content, including fun illustrations, which help you discover more, be connected, and stay productive. Search highlights will present notable and interesting moments of what’s special about each day—like holidays, anniversaries, and other educational moments in time both globally and in your region. To see more details at a glance, hover or click on the illustration in the search box.

Explore additional content in search home related to each moment, with daily content like word of the day, Microsoft Rewards offers, trending searches, and more. Each day features something different to learn about! The left side of search home also shows an extended list of your recently launched apps, files, settings, and websites to help you get back to what you were doing last.

Signing in with your work or school account enables Search to be your one-stop-shop for your organization’s files and contacts through Microsoft Search. Search highlights will feature the latest updates from your organization and suggested people, files, and more. Explore files that may be of interest to you or browse through your organization’s people chart. As always, just start typing to find everything related to your organization, right at your fingertips using Search.

You have control over the search highlights experience where if you prefer not to see this, you can turn it off or back on by right clicking on your taskbar > Search > select/clear “Show search highlights”. For organization administrators, there are additional controls available in the M365 admin center. You can learn more about those policies here: Policy CSP – Search.

Search highlights will begin rolling out to AAD joined and workplace joined machines in select tenant groups first and general availability including domain joined machines will come in coming months.

FEEDBACK: Please file feedback in Feedback Hub (WIN + F) under Desktop Environment > Search.

Improvements and Fixes

This update includes the following improvements:

To check and see which version of Windows 10 you’re running, just type “winver” into the Windows search box on the taskbar. It should show as “Version 21H2”.

Please visit the Releasing Windows 10 Build 19044.1618 to Release Preview Channel | Windows Insider Blog to view updates to the original announcement.